Come Monday, golf carts could be seen on Monroe’s city streets

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Tuesday, the City of Monroe finalized amending its ordinance to allow for the use of “motorized carts,” otherwise know as golf carts, on city streets.  There are, however, some strict registration requirements and regulations for use and some stiff fines for those who don’t comply.

Firstly, before venturing out any golf drivers need to register their vehicles with the city. The cost for this is $15 and the applicant needs to furnish the following information to the Monroe Code Department:

  • Owner’s name and address
  • Contact phone number

They will be given a decal and this is not transferable to another vehicle. Once registered, these vehicles may only be operated on “city roads, recreational paths, rights-of-way or other public property that is part of the City’s street system (these vehicles can only cross over state routes).” In addition they can only operate on streets where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.

There also are a number of other rules to comply with in order to avoid any penalties. These include:

  • Driver must have a valid driver’s license
  • Driver must maintain properly equipped vehicle
  • All traffic laws must be followed
  • The vehicle must carry proper liability insurance

Not complying with these rules and regulations could result in the following penalties:

  • No head or tail light – $92 fine
  • No brake light – $92
  • No insurance – $800
  • Driving your golf cart on the road while under the influence – $2084
  • No license – $1,320
  • Unregistered vehicle – $151
  • Running a red light/stop sigh, failure to maintain lane, improper lane change, failure to use signal – $117

In January this year, the City of Social Circle also amended its ordinance to allow for the use of golf carts on city streets.

 

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